QotD: “since patriarchy is founded on a lie”

Getting savvy itself has to do with paying close attention to proponents of patriarchy, keeping two things in mind: (1) since patriarchy is founded on a lie (the lie of women’s natural inferiority), patriarchal logic usually is the reverse of the truth, and we therefore can get at the truth by reversing patriarchal messages; and (2) when proponents of patriarchy get mad, we should get interested, not get afraid (for their anger indicates we’ve touched a hot button or in some way gotten too close to the truth for their comfort).

Dee L. Graham with Edna I. Rawlings and Roberta. K. Rigsby, Loving to Survive: Sexual Terror, Men’s Violence, and Women’s Lives (1995), p.260.
(found at The Colour of Pomegranates)

3 responses

  1. Whether this will mean anything I don’t know, but what it is worth, I agree with you. Patriarchal thinking has caused women a lot of problems down the years – I’ve written a few posts about this quite recently (more or less running headlong into religious conservatives in the process). I’d like to share a few thoughts on male entitlement, if I may?

  2. If you have something meaningful to say about male entitlement, you should be saying it to other men, not radical feminists.

  3. Oh I do (though Twitter is not the best vehicle for it, it seems only to hold trolls). However, since I suspect MRAs and MGTOWs read radfem sites with the hope of latching on to something they can criticise, seeing something written by a man might give them pause. If you decide to approve this comment, one of the key posts is here: http://meerkatmusings.co.uk/not-conforming-to-our-gender-roles-p2/

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